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Back problem sidelines Brian Roberts again
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

A miserable season for Yankees second baseman Brian Roberts continued with his absence from the lineup for Game 1 of the Wednesday doubleheader against the Cubs with a back ailment.

The injury-plagued Roberts has just one hit in his last 24 at-bats and owns a disturbing stat line of .129/.300/.129. He has not played a full season since 2009.

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Brian McCann back Wednesday behind the plate
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

A finger injury that sidelined Yankees catcher Brian McCann just as he was emerging from a slump will not keep him out of the first game of the doubleheader Wednesday against the Cubs. He has returned to the lineup.

McCann slammed three hits, including two home runs, in the last three games to break a 6-for-37 skein to open the year.

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Derek Jeter still sidelined Wednesday
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

The farewell season of Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter remained on hold Wednesday as he continued his absence due to a quad injury. He was not in the lineup for the first game of the day/night doubleheader against the Cubs.

Jeter has not played since Friday. He will be on a six-game hitting streak upon his return.

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Jake Odorizzi able to make start Wednesday
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Rays starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi made it into the lineup Wednesday at Baltimore despite battling an illness earlier in the week. Odorizzi was scratched from Tuesday's start because of inclement weather, but the game was eventually postponed, giving Odorizzi another day to rest.

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Report: Nick Franklin to be recalled Wednesday
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

The Mariners will recall infielder Nick Franklin from Triple-A Tacoma Wednesday, multiple sources told The Seattle Times.

Franklin is likely to replace outfielder Logan Morrison, who could land on the 15-day disabled list because of a hamstring injury. Franklin is off to a torrid start in the minors, batting .395 with four home runs and 13 RBI in 11 games.

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Kole Calhoun heading to DL with ankle injury
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

Angels outfielder Kole Calhoun suffered what appears to be a serious injury to his right leg late Tuesday, and it could be one that costs him considerable time.

According to MLB.com, Calhoun will be placed on the disabled list Wednesday with an ankle injury, suffered when he twisted the ankle running through first base trying to beat out a grounder. He had to be helped off the field and could hardly put weight on it as he was helped off the field.

The extent of the injury is not yet known, but it is serious enough to keep him out at least two weeks. Calhoun was batting .250/.297/.500 in his first 14 appearances of the season. 

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Jim Johnson tosses two scoreless for extra-innings win
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

Athletics' reliever Jim Johnson tossed his third scoreless outing in a row, as he went two innings to pick up the win in a 10-9 victory over the Angels.

Johnson pitched scoreless 10th and 11th innings for the win, allowing one walk and one hit as he went. He struck out one batter and picked up five groundball outs en route to his second straight win.

Johnson lost the closer's role after giving up seven runs in his first five appearances. He has a 7.56 ERA in 8 1/3 innings. 

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Sean Doolittle blows first save
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

Athletics reliever Sean Doolittle couldn't hold on to a two-run lead in the ninth inning Tuesday, as he took his first blown-save of the season in a 10-9, extra-innings win.

Doolittle faced the top of the Angels' lineup and ran into trouble immediately. He surrendered a leadoff double to Kole Calhoun and followed that up by serving up a two-run, game-tying home run to Mike Trout, before ultimately retiring the side and sending the game into extra innings.

Doolittle had been solid before this outing, and still has a 3.12 ERA in 8 2/3 innings. There is no reason to think one misstep will cost him the closer's role, though he might not have a strong grip on it anyways.


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Dan Straily struggles for first time
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

Athletics starting pitcher Dan Straily struggled through three-plus innings and had to rely on the offense to bail him out in a 10-9 win over the Angels Tuesday.

Straily put the A's in a hole early, allowing two runs in the first inning an then four more in the fourth. He was charged with six runs on seven hits and a walk in 3 2/3 innings of work, while striking out three.

Straily opened the season with quality starts in consecutive outings, so this was the first time he faced adversity. He will try to bounce back in his next start, set for Monday against the Rangers.

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Garrett Richards fades after solid start
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

Angels starting pitcher Garrett Richards pitched well enough to win for six innings Tuesday, but faltered late in a 10-9 extra innings loss to the A's.

Richards allowed three runs in his first six innings of work, and seemed well on his way to a win, up 5-3. Unfortunately, he ran into trouble in the seventh, allowing two more runs to come across, a sign of bad things to come for the bullpen.

Richards was charged with five earned runs on eight hits and a pair of walks in seven innings of work, while striking out five. He settled for a no-decision, as the game went into extras.

Richards had allowed just one run through his first two starts, so this was something of a disappointment. He will try to bounce back in his next start, carrying a 2-0 record and 2.84 ERA into Monday's scheduled start in Washington. 

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